Ashanti Tribe in Ghana



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Origin The period in which these Ashanti Ballads are set is the late 1950’s when the Gold Coast became Ghana – the first African colony to achieve independence. Much has changed since thos

Ashanti Tribe in Ghana Description

Origin

The period in which these Ashanti Ballads are set is the late 1950’s when the Gold Coast became Ghana – the first African colony to achieve independence. Much has changed since those days. The name Ashanti was used by British colonial administrators to describe the Kingdom of Asante

Leadership Hierarchy

The Asante kingdom was founded by the great King Osei Tutu in the eighteenth century. His fetish priest was Okomfo Anokye, who unified the Asante states through allegiance to the Golden Stool, which miraculously descended from heaven. Okomfo Anokye planted two trees in the forest and predicted that one tree would live and become the capital of Ashanti.

Popular Cultural Events

In Ashanti, the family line (abusua) passes through the mother to her children. A man is strongly related to his mother’s brother but only weakly related to his father’s brother. This must be viewed in the context of a polygamous society in which the mother/child bond is likely to be much stronger than the father/child bond. As a result, in inheritance, a man’s nephew (sister’s son) will have priority over his own son. Uncle-nephew relationships therefore assume a dominant position.

Location and Size

The Ashanti Region of Ghana lies at the heart of the West African tropical rain forest. The only major city is the capital, Kumasi, which is about 150 miles inland from the Gulf of Guinea.

The area of Ashanti is 9400 square miles (approximately one fifth that of England) with a population of about one million at the period independence, to which the ballads refer.

 

 

 

 


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